An invitation to a birth in 2002 changed my life forever. Since that initiation I have witnessed more than 875 births. No matter how many births I attend, I learn something new at each birth and find myself profoundly moved and humbled by the transformational power of birth. I have been a licensed homebirth midwife for more than eleven years but when I told my grandmother I was beginning my midwifery apprenticeship she revealed that I come from many generations of doctors and midwives who attended births at home. I am honored to continue the tradition and eternally grateful to the families I have served, the midwives and mentors who shared their knowledge with me and maybe an ancestor or two looking out for me. I attend homebirths in and around San Francisco.